Changes in the Health Professions: A Commentary

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Increased life expectancy in the United States has been accompanied by a concomitant increase in the prevalence of chronic conditions in persons of all ages, especially older Americans. This necessitates new ways of organizing and conducting medical practice, and this affects the roles and interactions of health professionals. Physicians and other health professionals require appropriate training and more efficient workplaces to enhance their functioning and reduce burnout. Additional factors influencing the success of health professionals in further advancing the health and well-being of Americans are health information technology and ensuring that all have access to care.

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